Sendy Times in Lake Louise - Notes and Results from the Coca Cola Big Mountain Challenge

 

“Skiing like a girl” never looked so good as it did this weekend at The Lake Louise Big Mountain Challenge. All the competitors: skiers, snowboarders, girls and guys alike, put on a good show. But it was the women’s ski category that people couldn’t stop talking about afterwards.

Lauren Cameron styled her way right into third place: Photo: Chris MoselyLauren Cameron styled her way right into third place: Photo: Chris Mosely

Fall-line skiing, stomps with potential consequences and fast fluid skiing characterized the ladies’ field.

The fact that Emily Childs only got 7th place is a testament to the strength of the ladies' field: Photo: Chris MoselyThe fact that Emily Childs only got 7th place is a testament to the strength of the ladies' field: Photo: Chris Mosely

At the end of the weekend, it was Kylie Sivell’s consistently aggressive skiing that placed her atop the podium. And I think it’s safe to say that Whistler’s Ellie Dalton had the best crash of the whole weekend, flashing the upper part of the course with a couple solid airs before running it out straight through the second half. Unfortunately, her speed through the chop got the better of her and, not unlike a cat being tossed out the window, she got bucked violently into a spectacularly splayed out cartwheel a few metres above the finish line. She took her knees off her head, but was lucky enough to ski away from the incident and was seen givin’r on the dancefloor later that evening.

For the snowboarders, Lake Louise’s own Michelle Locke took the title for the second year in a row. With a lot of the other girls taking significant falls, Michelle was able to lock it down with smart, half-throttle riding that kept her on her feet.

Michelle Locke, earning those style points with a solid pow slash: Photo: Chris MoselyMichelle Locke, earning those style points with a solid pow slash: Photo: Chris Mosely

On the day of the finals, the snowboarders had to deal with some of the worst light conditions of the weekend, with the competitors being sent between incoming patches of rolling fog.

Last year's winner, Ruari Macfarlane, kicks out a textbook method: Photo: Chris MoselyLast year's winner, Ruari Macfarlane, kicks out a textbook method: Photo: Chris Mosely

For the men, Ruari Macfarlane wasn’t able to repeat his victory from last year, which paved the way for newcomer Mikael Houde Poirier to claim the title. Revelstoke’s Seb Grondin took an uncompromised approach, sending a massive, off-axis backside 360 off a cliff at the top of the venue. The landing gear was definitely down and everyone agreed that he probably would have stuck it in better snow conditions, but it wasn’t quite meant to be and he ended up skidding out for a solid 70 metres before he finally came to a stop.

The kid was going for it.

Props to that.

A good chunk of last year’s ringers from the men’s skiing field were away at a Freeride tour qualifying event in Montana’s Moonlight Basin, so we saw some new faces on the podium this year. Foster Kennedy skied smooth, fast and smart into first place, but Cameron Smith almost chased him down with a huge 360 off the top of the venue and an air off the lookers left of ER-3 that was arguably the sendiest stomp of the entire weekend.

Exciting stuff.

Kyler Tritter. Eyes on the prize: Photo: Chris MoselyKyler Tritter. Eyes on the prize: Photo: Chris Mosely

So once again, I find myself walking away from Lake Louise with my jaw agape and my expectations shattered into pieces. Their Big Mountain Challenge has become a staple in Rocky Mountain freeriding and I’m looking forward to coming back next year and seeing what the skiers and snowboarders have in store for us.

And maybe the guys will actually show up the girls next time.

Props to The Lake Louise Ski Area for making it happen and treating us judges like royalty.

 

 

Overall Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Snowboard

Place

Name

Bib #

Run 1

Run 2

Score

1st

Michelle Locke

12

30.0

22.1

52.08

2nd

Audrey Hebert

51

23.3

20.5

43.83

3rd

Ciara Hossack

72

17.3

19.0

36.33

4th

Marielou Duquette

8

17.7

14.5

32.17

5th

Allison Hopkins

90

20.2

8.1

28.25

5th

Hitomi Matsumoto

17

19.9

8.3

28.25

7th

Tracey Lawson

94

14.3

0.0

14.33

8th

Sarah Campanaro

20

12.7

0.0

12.67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Ski

Place

Name

Bib #

Run 1

Run 2

Score

1st

Kylie Sivell

99

36.5

34.4

70.92

2nd

Kate Targett

60

37.8

33.1

70.83

3rd

Lauren Cameron

5

33.8

32.8

66.58

4th

Orea Brown-Dahl

3

24.8

39.9

64.75

5th

Alexandra Armstrong

95

29.3

31.1

60.41

6th

Laura Sliva

41

20.2

30.7

50.84

7th

Emily Childs

89

19.5

28.6

48.08

8th

Nina Lindstrom

4

17.0

23.0

40.00

9th

Ellie Dalton

101

31.9

4.5

36.42

10th

Michelle Brazier

103

12.5

0.0

12.50

11th

Val Gudaitis

27

6.1

0.0

6.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Snowboard

Place

Name

Bib #

Run 1

Run 2

Score

1st

Mikael Houde Poirer

54

34.1

29.8

63.91

2nd

Stewart Varley

110

26.2

28.1

54.25

3rd

Luuk Wijk

9

14.1

31.1

45.16

4th

Braeden Gibbs

102

30.6

8.0

38.58

5th

John Smits

74

25.3

12.6

37.91

6th

Ruari MacFarlane

32

20.8

16.7

37.50

7th

Seb Grondin

59

26.3

6.7

33.00

8th

Greg Seiffert

52

13.0

10.5

23.52

9th

Trent Forrest

109

11.8

0.0

11.75

9th

Vincent Lachapelle

18

11.8

0.0

11.75

11th

Tane Knowles

31

10.0

0.0

10.00

12th

Stephan Wuetscher

67

9.7

0.0

9.67

13th

Vincent Mainville

86

8.4

0.0

8.42

14th

Samuel Coe

11

7.6

0.0

7.58

15th

Aaron Poutanen

82

5.3

0.0

5.25

16th

Mike Van Zyle

38

0.0

0.0

0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Ski

Place

Name

Bib #

Run 1

Run 2

Score

1st

Foster Kennedy

83

34.4

31.8

66.25

2nd

Cameron Smith

66

28.7

36.5

65.17

3rd

Kyler Tritter

43

31.6

32.1

63.66

4th

Spencer Romanchuk

70

27.5

33.5

61.00

5th

Alexander Ogilvie

98

32.8

23.8

56.58

6th

Jack Evans

71

22.0

31.5

53.50

7th

Bryce Barker

28

24.8

28.0

52.75

8th

James Clarke

75

21.4

24.0

45.42

9th

Winston Fadeeff

2

19.3

25.3

44.67

10th

Adam Siltanen

62

25.8

14.5

40.33

11th

Marc Barrie

104

21.5

16.3

37.83

12th

Bryce Meintzer

50

18.0

12.3

30.33

12th

Christopher Aziz

68

26.1

4.3

30.33

14th

Mike Rogne

42

11.3

0.0

11.33

15th

Marcus Henry

29

10.5

0.0

10.50

16th

Vince Goyette

36

9.7

0.0

9.67

17th

Vivian Witts

14

8.0

0.0

8.00

18th

Mike Donohue

13

7.1

0.0

7.08

19th

Mack Rankin

63

6.8

0.0

6.75

20th

Trevor Scheirman

65

6.2

0.0

6.17

21st

Koki Ozawa

93

5.7

0.0

5.67

22nd

Garrett Wilson

39

4.9

0.0

4.92

23rd

Asher Colombo

73

4.3

0.0

4.25

24th

Harry Bowerman

34

0.3

0.0

0.33

25th

Dan Wood Stethem

DNS

0.0

0.0

0.00


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